Originally delivered on 5/7/2023 3:45 pm

SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - May 07, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

May 07, 2023

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • PTO Meeting - May 09
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May Fundraising - BB's Tex-Orleans
  • REMINDER: Course Selection will close May 8 @ 3PM
  • Class of 2027 Resources
    • Summer Biology Tutorials
    • Info Flyer
    • Class of 2027 Web Site
    • Athletics Interest Form
  • Class of 2024 Fundraiser - May 24
  • HISD News
    • Vote for Favorite Educators of the Year!
    • HISD Title I Parent and Family Engagement Survey
    • May/June Scholarships
  • Travel
    • Paris & Chateaux - Spring 2024, Alps & Mediterranean Europe - Summer 2024
  • Senior Signing Day - May 25
  • WhatsApp Parent Groups
  • Student Spotlight
    • Boys Volleyball - Champions!
  • Odds and Ends
    • Free Online Practice Exams for ACT and PSAT
    • St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital - Jr Volunteer Program

  • May 08 - 12 - AP Testing (varies by course)
  • May 09 - PTO General Meeting (in-person, DeBakey HSHP)
  • May 15 - Incoming Freshman - Course Selection Google Form opens
  • May 25 - Senior Signing Day
  • May 27 - Incoming Freshman - Online Enrollment Registration DUE
  • May 29 - Memorial Holiday
  • May 31 - Last day of school for students
  • May 31 - Incoming Freshman - Course Selection Google Form closes
  • Jun 10 - Enrollment Event (Class of 2027)
  • Jun 22 - Incoming Freshman - Last day to submit all required school documents
May 9 PTO Meeting - In Person!

DeBakey HSHP Parents,

May 8 - May 12, 2023, is National Teacher Appreciation Week.

In honor of this week, the DeBakey PTO will be providing coffee and donuts to the staff on Monday, a small gift on Wednesday, and lunch on Friday. We would appreciate your help to make this week a success. We are asking for volunteers to help with the event as well as provide dessert, flower or even monetary donations to help pay for the event.

If you can provide flowers or money, please email fundraising@debakeypto.org and we will be in contact with you. We have created a SignUp Genius form to volunteer and sign up to bring desserts. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up: 

Sign Up to Donate and/or Volunteer

We are also asking parents to send kind notes to the teachers and staff of DeBakey HSHP. A google form has been created to receive the kind notes. The notes you send will be presented on the monitors throughout the school all week. Please click on the link to send a note, you may send more than one:

Share a Kind Note
BB's Tex-Orleans Fundraiser

Make Plans to Be There This Thursday!

REMINDER: Course Selection will close May 8, 2023 at 3pm

Please read the following information carefully:

  • Students are encouraged to ask questions prior to submitting the course selection
  • The course selection PowerPoints along with course descriptions will be emailed to students
  • Students and parents need to fill out the form together or have a conversation about potential courses
  • Please review selections before submitting the form
  • Students will receive a confirmation email from Google forms once submitted
  • Students need to contact their counselor if they do not receive a confirmation email
  • No editing or changes will be allowed after course selection is submitted
  • Students will be given the first 10 days of the fall semester to request schedule changes
  • After 10 days, students will remain in the course until the end of the semester
New: Summer Biology Tutorials
Sign Up to Learn More
Download the C/O 2027 Info Flyer [PDF]
View More Class of 2027 Resources
Fill Out the Athletics Interest Form
Class of 2024 Fundraiser - May 24

The Class of 2024 Student Council representatives need all of the current junior class to help pay their Senior dues on SchoolPay. The $250 (which can be paid in installments) help fund all the activities and events for next year such as Prom, class events and trips and more.

The homeroom class with the most money paid toward their senior dues by May 17th will get a PIZZA PARTY on May 19th! Encourage your friends and show your senior spirit by paying on SchoolPay now and INVESTING in YOUR SENIOR YEAR!

Vote for Favorite Educators of the Year!

Be sure to vote for Mrs. Adcox for HISD teacher of the year! She's an amazing teacher of magnet and AP World History and is also the Student Council sponsor! Winners will be announced on Friday, May 12 at the Educator of the Year Celebration which will take place at the Hilton Americas-Houston at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to cast your vote. Voting ends Wednesday, May 10.

HISD Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Survey

You are invited to complete the 2022-2023 HISD Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Survey.

The purpose of this annual survey is to see how well your child’s school partners with you and encourages your family’s engagement in your child’s education.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and all feedback is anonymous. If you have multiple children in HISD, you are asked to fill out a survey for each school your children currently attend.

The deadline to complete the survey is May 19, 2023.

May/June Scholarships

Applications for numerous scholarships are due in May and June. These are available primarily for seniors, but some allow freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to apply. See a list of highlighted opportunities below, or click here for the complete list. For more information about scholarships, financial aid, and links to academic resources like Khan Academy, go to houstonisd.org/collegereadiness or follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @HISD2College.

Learn more about May/June Scholarships
Interest Meeting - May 23
Register today!
REMINDER: Senior Signing Day - May 25

Senior Signing day is a celebration for the Senior students share where they have selected to go to college. They can wear their future college t-shirt, take pictures with friends, and win prizes for their dorm rooms. Please help us by donating items for the big day. To donate, please select from items on the Amazon Wish List (these items will be delivered directly to the school) or contact Nichole Ake or Andrea Simon at 12thliaison@debakeypto.org

Thank you for supporting the Class of 2023!

Donate today!
WhatsApp Parent Groups

Attention: Class of 2026 and 2027 parents!

Have you already joined the WhatsApp Groups for 2026 and/or 2027? We have 2 active communities of parents sharing news, resources and support, all within WhatsApp!

Class of 2026
Class of 2027
Boy's Volleyball


Proof that hard work pays off!

Free Online Practice Exams

Revolution Prep is offering our students the opportunity to take a free online ACT Practice exam or the new Digital PSAT online, see below to register:


ACT Practice exam

Saturday June 3, 2023

11:00 am to 3:00pm

Live Online


Digital PSAT Practice exam

Saturday June 3, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00pm

Live Online


Register here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/7616/

St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital's (SLSLH) Jr. Volunteer Program

May 12 Deadline

"Currently, we are recruiting for 10-15 Jr. Volunteer positions for our June 2023 cohort. Based on Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions program offerings, we believe your students are a great fit for our programs!

If your students are interested in either of these opportunities, please have them submit their application, which can be found at the following link, no later than FRIDAY MAY 12, 2023 AT 11:59 PM for consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information about volunteering, email Nicole Hubbard at nicole.hubbard900@commonspirit.org."

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